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Why Attend Mobile Asia Expo (MAE ) 2013?

June 27 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

Mobile is connecting the world in a dramatic and breath-taking fashion. It bridgesMAE2013-SHANGHAI.png generations, builds communities, ignites ideas and tears down the barriers which separate us. Mobile Asia Expo will accelerate this effect by showcasing the mobile trends and solutions that will transform our lives today and tomorrow. Join us in Connecting the Future!

Mobile Asia Expo 2013 will include:

A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, demonstrations, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers

A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions and world-class networking opportunities

App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace

New for 2013, the Mobile Asia Expo exhibition will feature the Connected City. The Connected City will demonstrate the current reality and future vision of ‘the connected life’ through a real city street in the heart of Mobile Asia Expo, creating an engaging, visionary, and “connected” experience.

 

New for 2013

Featuring something for everyone who has an interest in the mobile industry, Mobile Asia Expo 2013 will include many new event offerings:

Showcasing ‘Smart City’–Explore the ways that mobile technology is enabling cities to become more efficient through cutting-edge demonstrations from international exhibitors

More networking opportunities–Connect with the C-level leaders in the Asian mobile industry through a range of unique networking opportunities

My MAE online networking platform–Reach out to new contacts and set up meetings using our exclusive, dual language social networking tool

Doing business in China–Learn about buying and selling your products and services as well as finding the right partner within the Chinese market

Training opportunities–Participate in formalized mobile industry business trainings geared toward director & manager level employees

Even more Innovation Lab presenters–Hear from exhibitors, sponsors or partners on emerging technologies and new products or services in the very successful Innovation Lab

 

Who Will Attend?

Mobile Asia Expo will feature something for everyone who has an interest in the mobile industry. Expected attendees include:

  • B2B Mobile Professionals looking for outstanding networking opportunities with senior industry leaders and discussing emerging industry trends
  • Industry professionals looking to further their mobile knowledge and discover new products and technologies
  • Mobile Consumers interested in the latest in mobile technology and devices
  • Retail Buyers seeking new products and glimpsing the future of mobile
  • App Developers interested in learning the newest developments from the largest platforms

 

Why Attend?

The conference and exhibition programmes in the inaugural GSMA Mobile Asia Expo were attended by more than 15,500 visitors from 81 markets, attracting executives from mobile operators, software companies, device makers, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as government delegations.

 

While there are many benefits of attending and being part of the Mobile Asia Expo 2013, our event has continued to grow and evolve around some fundamental values:

Bringing Together the Mobile Ecosystem: Mobile has become part and partial of our daily lives today. GSMA brings together mobile operators and different players in the mobile ecosystem in this annual mobile-focused occasion where mobile innovations, ideas and business deals are being fostered and accelerated.

Where the World meets Chinese and Asian Audiences: This is an international event where prestigious international exhibitors, partners, speakers and press are invited to bring mobile innovations, products and services in front of the prospective industry audience in this rapidly growing market of China and pan-Asia.

Inheriting Professional Quality of Mobile World Congress: Backed up by the professional team behind the industry-renowned Mobile World Congress, Mobile Asia Expo is going to drive a first-class conference and exhibition experience in the state-of-art facilities of Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre.

Bringing ‘Consumer Experience’ to the Exhibition Floor: Different from the traditional tradeshow setting, Mobile Asia Expo brings ‘Consumer Experience’ in the exhibition floor design and provides opportunities for both trade and consumers to experience the forefront of new mobile technologies in an unconventional setting.

More Related Info and Topics of MAE you can visit:

http://www.cisco.com/web/CN/solutions/sp/mae/index_en.html and http://www.mobileasiaexpo.com/

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Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches OVERVIEW

June 24 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

The CiscoCatalyst 2960-S Series Switches are fixed-configuration Gigabit Ethernet switches that provide enterprise-class Layer 2 switching for campus and branch access applications. They enable reliable and secure business operations with lower total cost of ownership through a range of innovative features including FlexStack, Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), and Cisco Catalyst Smart Operations.

Firstly, let’s check the contents of Cisco 2960-S while purchasing one.

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Catalyst 2960S-48FPD-L switch shown for example. Your switch model might look different.

2. Only available on some models.

3. Item is orderable.

Highlights

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S switches feature:

• 24 or 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports

• 1G Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) or 1G/10G SFP+ slots

• Cisco FlexStack stacking with 20 Gbps of stack throughput (optional)

• IEEE 802.3at-compliant PoE+ for up to 30W of power per port

• Up to 740W of combined PoE/PoE+ budget

• USB interfaces for management and file transfers

• LAN Base or LAN Lite Cisco IOS Software feature set

• SmartOperations tools that simplify deployment and reduce the cost of network administration

• An enhanced limited lifetime hardware warranty (E-LLW), providing next-business-day replacement 

Applications and Benefits

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series is ideal for:

• Deploying cost-effective wired connectivity in traditional desktop workspace environments

•Implementing quality of service (QoS) to provide priority treatment of voice and critical business applications

• Enforcing basic security policies to limit access to the network and mitigate threats

• Reducing total cost of ownership through simplified operations and automation

More…Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches with LAN Base Software

The Cisco Catalyst 2960S Switch with LAN Base software is a fixed-configuration, Layer 2 Ethernet switch that supports enhanced switching services, IP communications, and wireless networking for small and medium-sized businesses. These switches provide the performance, availability, and manageability that modern office environments demand, as well as the intelligence to support state-of-the-art business applications and security services.

What's new for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches with LAN Base Software:

• 10 and 1 Gigabit Ethernet uplink flexibility with Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+), providing business continuity and fast transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet

• 24 or 48 ports of Gigabit Ethernet desktop connectivity

• Cisco FlexStack stacking module with 20 Gbps of throughput, allowing ease of operation with single configuration and simplified switch upgrade

• PoE+ with up to 30W per port that allows you to support the latest PoE+ capable devices

• Power supply options, with 740W or 370W fixed power supplies for PoE+ switches are available

• USB storage for file backup, distribution, and simplified operations

• A wide range of software features to provide ease of operation, highly secure business operations, sustainability, and a borderless network experience

• Limited lifetime hardware warranty, including next-business-day replacement with 90-day service and support 

The Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with LAN Base Software offer the following:

• Dual-purpose uplinks for Gigabit Ethernet uplink flexibility, allowing use of either a copper or fiber uplink; each dual-purpose uplink port has one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and one SFP-based Gigabit Ethernet port, with one port active at a time

• 24 or 48 ports of Fast Ethernet desktop connectivity

• PoE configurations with up to 15.4W per port

• A wide range of software features to provide ease of operation, highly secure business operations, sustainability, and a borderless networking experience

• Limited lifetime hardware warranty

Configurations of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches with LAN Base Software

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch Model

Description

Uplinks

Available PoE Power

10 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100/1000 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48FPD-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ or 2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

740W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48LPD-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ or 2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24PD-L

24 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ or 2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48TD-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ or 2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24TD-L

24 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ or 2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

-

1 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100/100 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48FPS-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

4 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

740W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48LPS-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

4 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24PS-L

24 Ethernet 10/100/1000 PoE+ ports

4 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48TS-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

4 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24TS-L

24 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

4 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-STACK

Hot-swappable FlexStack stacking module

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All models available with optional Cisco FlexStack stacking module.

No DC power supplies are available. 

Configurations of Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with LAN Base Software

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switch Model

Description

Uplinks

Available PoE Power

1 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960-48PST-L

48 Ethernet 10/100 PoE ports

2 One Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports and 2 fixed Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24PC-L

24 Ethernet 10/100 PoE ports

2 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 or SFP)

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24LT-L

24 Ethernet 10/100 ports

2 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

123W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24TC-L

24 Ethernet 10/100 ports

2 dual-purpose ports

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960-48TC-L

48 Ethernet 10/100 ports

2 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 or SFP)

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24TT-L

24 Ethernet 10/100 ports

2 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

-

Cisco Catalyst 2960-48TT-L

48 Ethernet 10/100 ports

2 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports

-

1 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100/1000 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960G-24TC-L

24 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports, 4 of which are dual-purpose (10/100/1000 or SFP)

4 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 or SFP)

 

Cisco Catalyst 2960G-48TC-L

48 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports, 4 of which are dual-purpose (10/100/1000 or SFP)

4 dual-purpose ports (10/100/1000 or SFP)

 

Compact Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-8TC-L

8 Ethernet 10/100 ports; compact size with no fan

1 dual-purpose port (10/100/1000 or SFP)

 

Cisco Catalyst 2960PD-8TT-L

8 Ethernet 10/100 ports; compact size with no fan

1 10/100/1000 PoE input port

 

Cisco Catalyst 2960G-8TC-L

7 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports; compact size with no fan

1 dual-purpose port (10/100/1000 or SFP)

 

Switch PoE and PoE+ Power Capacity

Switch Model

Maximum Number of PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) Ports*

Maximum Number of PoE (IEEE 802.3af) Ports*

Available PoE Power

10 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100/1000 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48FPD-L

24 ports up to 30W

48 ports up to 15.4W

740W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48LPD-L

12 ports up to 30W

24 ports up to 15.4W48 ports up to 7.7W

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24PD-L

12 ports up to 30W

24 ports up to 15.4W

370W

1 Gigabit Uplinks with 10/100/1000 Ethernet Connectivity

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48FPS-L

24 ports up to 30W

48 ports up to 15.4W

740W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-48LPS-L

12 ports up to 30W

24 ports up to 15.4W

48 ports up to 7.7W

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24PS-L

12 ports up to 30W

24 ports up to 15.4W

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-48PST-L

N/A

24 ports up to 15.4W

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24PC-L

N/A

24 ports up to 15.4W

370W

Cisco Catalyst 2960-24LT-L

N/A

8 ports up to 15.4W

123W

* Intelligent power management allows flexible power allocation across all ports.

Why Buy Cisco Switches?

  • Flexibility: Variety of port and speed combinations including PoE.
  • Secure and Reliable: All the rock-solid performance you’d expect from Cisco.
  • Expandability: Cisco switches are designed to expand as your business grows.

More Cisco 2960-S Info you can visit:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps6406/product_data_sheet0900aecd80322c0c.html

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Cisco Catalyst 4948E Ethernet Switch for High-Performance Data Center Accesss

June 20 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco Catalyst 4900 Series Switches deliver high-performance, low-latency wire-speed Layer 2 and 3 services in a small form factor (1 or 2 rack units). The 4900 Series is ideal for space-constrained deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 4948E offers forty-eight 10/100/1000-Gbps RJ45 downlink ports and four 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and is designed to simplify data center architecture and operations by offering enterprise-class hardware and software in a one-rack-unit (1RU) form factor optimized for smart top-of-rack (ToR) data center deployments (Figure 1).

Figure1.Cisco Catalyst 4948E

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New Features of Cisco Catalyst 4948E Switch

The Cisco Catalyst 4948E offers:

• Twice the uplink capacity of the previous switch generation

• 1+1 power supply and fan redundancy for hardware replacement with no downtime

• Strict front-to-back cooling with no side or top venting

• Large shared packet buffers for microburst protection

• Nonblocking internal packet switching for east-to-west traffic patterns

• Full set of Layer 2 and 3 forwarding features

• Outstanding multicast performance

• Zero-touch provisioning with Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager (EEM)

• Advanced quality of service (QoS)

• IP Version 6 (IPv6) switching and routing in hardware

• Extended MAC address tables to enable server virtualization

Table 1 summarizes the main features of the Cisco Catalyst 4900 Series Switches.

Table1. Cisco Catalyst 4900 Series Features

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Cisco IOS Software

The Cisco Catalyst 4948E supports three levels of Cisco IOS Software, summarized in Table2. The basic level is LAN Base, developed for deployments that require data center - class hardware along with Layer 2 switching. The next level of software is IP Base; most customers will deploy this level of software because it offers many of the value-added Cisco features that provide operational consistency and an easy-to-manage environment. The top level of software is Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services adds support for advanced routing protocols such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS), and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).

Table2. Software Configuration Options

Enterprise Services

IP Base

• BGPv4

• EIGRP

• OSPFv2 and v3

• IS-IS

• IP-SLA

• Nonstop Forwarding (NSF)

• Policy-Based Routing (PBR)

• Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRF-Lite)

• Multicast VRF-Lite

LAN Base

• AutoQoS

• Cisco EnergyWise

• Flexlink+

• Layer 2 traceroute

• Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) snooping

• Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (RPVST+)

• Static routing

• Routing Information Protocol (RIP)

• Cisco SmartPort macros

• VLAN access control list (VACL) and port ACL (PACL)

• EIGRP-stub

• OSPF for routed access

• IEEE 802.1Q-in-IEEE 802.1Q (QinQ)

• IP service-level agreement (IP-SLA) responder

• Network Mobility Service Protocol (NMSP)

• Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT)

• Stub IP multicast

• Cisco IOS EEM

• Gateway Load Balancing

Protocol (GLBP)

More details: Ordering information for the Cisco Catalyst 4948E you can visit:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps6021/ps10947/product_bulletin_c25-600212.html

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco Catalyst 4948E, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/4900.

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Cisco Unveils pxGrid For Identity, Device Context Awareness with Cisco ISE

June 18 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

 

Cisco is introducing a new framework for sharing context-aware information to a variety of third-party security providers. The networking giant said it will use pxGrid to make Cisco ISE the central repository for context-aware security architecture via a new ecosystem of partners.Cisco-Announces-pxGrid-For-Identity--Device-Context-Awarene.jpg

Cisco already has a broad set of mobile device management (MDM) vendor partners for Identity Services Engine (ISE). This week, however, Cisco added a new collection of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and threat detection vendors that are integrating with ISE via pxGrid. The initial set of partners includes HP ArcSight, IBM, Lancope, LogRhythm, Splunk, Symantec and Tibco.

The PxGrid is a publish-and-subscribe framework through which security products can collect contextual information from ISE, such as user, device, network connection and location. They can then use that information to improve their own analytics. Since pxGrid is bi-directional, these SIEM and threat detection vendors can also send instructions to ISE to revoke or modify network access.

Cisco's decision to align with the SIEM market struck at least one analyst as an odd choice.

"SIEMs are an old technology," said John Katsaros, principal at Internet Research Group. "Some would call it ancient. If you look at it going forward, SIEMs are going to be phased out. I don't think they're going to be around for more than a couple more years."

Instead, Katsaros thinks Cisco should be aligning its security strategy with big data. RSA predicted this shift late last year and evangelized the notion at the RSA conference this year.

Rather than interconnecting different security platforms, Katsaros thinks vendors should be helping enterprises build data warehouses for security management. "Big data makes it more affordable to capture, keep and mine security information. Why (Cisco isn't) going in that direction is beyond me. They didn't show us anything that shows they have a better way of doing things than with big data techniques."

With pxGrid, Cisco ISE adds context everywhere

Kevin Skahill, director of Cisco's secure access and mobility group, said the vendor's plans for pxGrid go well beyond the SIEM and threat-detection market.

"We see potential to do this integration with many other platforms," he said. "PxGrid is a publish-and-subscribe technique that provides a single framework that partners can develop once (with). It allows partners to customize and secure what contexts get shared, because not every partner wants the 80 different attributes that ISE can provide."

Nor is Cisco ISE necessarily being pitched as the heart of a context-aware security architecture, Skahill said, adding that the pxGrid framework will allow vendor partners to share context directly with each other. Cisco is submitting pxGrid to the IETF and other standardization bodies for consideration, he added.

Carefusion, a global manufacturer of medical devices, is an alpha adopter of the pxGrid integration, using a combination of Cisco ISE and Lancope's StealthWatch NetFlow analyzer.

"We are using the ISE and Stealthwatch combination to help secure our wired VPN and wireless access," said Bart Lauwers, Carefusion's vice president of IT infrastructure. "One problem we were facing was how to correlate all this data (from Stealthwatch) and ensure that we're taking the right action. In our alpha deployment, we had the ability to examine historic behavior, determine what the impact (of an incident was) do a full assessment of what the threat was and when it happened and install a rule to prevent it from happening again."

Lauwers said the integration will allow his team to identify and remediate threats instantly, rather than the weeks or months it could sometimes take.

PxGrid also integrates Cisco ISE into SDN

Cisco will also integrate its software-defined networking strategy with pxGrid, said Dave Framptom, vice president and general manager of Cisco's secure access and mobility product group.

"The Cisco ONE controller will be one of the consumers of context from ISE with pxGrid," he said. "Then that controller can take that information and help direct an action in the network."

PxGrid is available now to prospective partners and will be generally available for customer use in the first quarter of 2014.

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Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches-Compare Models

June 17 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

 

Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches are designed to provide high availability, security, investment protection, high quality of service, energy efficiency, and simplified operation. These stackable switches are ideally suited to support demanding applications such as IP telephony, wireless, and video.

All models support network modules with four 1 Gigibit Ethernet (GE), two 10 GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+), or two 10GBase-T uplink ports.

All models include StackWise+ data stacking technology and StackPower capabilities for cross-stack power sharing,

Note: Cisco StackWise and StackWise Plus Technology

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps5023/prod_white_paper09186a00801b096a.html

With LAN Base Software

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With IP Base Software

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With IP Services Software

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Cisco Plans to Double the Speed of the Internet

June 14 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco News

Cisco is introducing a new router that will be able to handle the dramatic increase in demand for Internet downloads.

If Internet traffic is going to triple over the next five years, as Cisco predicts, we're gonna need a bigger boat.Cisco-Plans-to-Double-the-Speed-of-the-Internet.jpg

On Wednesday, Cisco unveiled its latest solution to help wireless carriers and Internet service providers manage their customers' insatiable demand for more streaming videos, app downloads and social networking.

The new core router technology, known as"CRS-X," will provide speeds of 400 Gigabits per second -- and that's just for one slot on the router's rack. Each rack is scalable up to 6.4 Terabits per second, and the entire CRS-X system is capable of nearly 1 Petabit per second if multiple racks are set up in tandem.

That is insanely fast -- double anything that currently exists on the market.

A single CRS-X rack will be able to provide streaming HD video to every New Yorker simultaneously, Cisco claims. A full, multichassis setup is capable of downloading the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in a split second and can stream every movie ever created in about a minute.

Core routers sit at the epicenter of the Internet, serving as the traffic cops at the biggest intersections on the busiest data highways. They connect visitors' requests to sites like Google, Netflix, and Facebook, and they send data back to the right place in return.

They're a crucial part of the Internet backbone, and one that Cisco has a comfortable lead in. Cisco has 750 CRS customers, selling 10,000 systems to date, and it commands a roughly 65% share of the core routing market. That's more than double No. 2 Juniper's share.

Cisco says its solution is cheaper than Juniper's offerings. For instance, customers who installed Cisco's previous core router, dubbed CRS-3, in 2010, can upgrade to CRS-X by simply swapping out their CRS-3 cards for the new ones. In previous updates, Juniper has required customers to buy entire new router setups to upgrade their systems.

"It's as easy as putting in new line cards," said Stephen Liu, Cisco's director of service provider marketing. "For all intents and purposes, it'll then be a CRS-X -- except for what the paint on the outside says."

Cisco says the CRS-X will help customers prepare for the "Internet of Everything," a much-discussed (but yet-to-arrive) world in which household items, cars and even clothing will connect to the Internet. Instead of connecting 4 million devices simultaneously, carriers and ISPs may soon need to connect 40 million items at the same time.

That's why modern core routers like the CRS-X manage different kinds of traffic in separate ways. You'll have a miserable experience if your Netflix video stream keeps getting interrupted, but you likely wouldn't notice if it takes a split second longer to load a website.

"The innovation our customers are getting isn't just about faster speeds and more lanes on the highway," said Liu. "It's more like a GPS system that helps you find the best path based on traffic congestion."

Though the CRS-X won't go on sale until the fall or even begin shipping until the end of 2013, customers are already saying they're impressed. Mike Haberman, vice president of network operations at Verizon Wireless said the new CRS system will help the nation's largest wireless provider meet its service demands "well into the future." 

News from http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/12/technology/enterprise/cisco-internet-speed/index.html 

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Mobility Without Complexity: Four Tips to Prepare Your LAN for 802.11n

June 13 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

Businesses have long recognized the benefits of wireless networking: flexible network connectivity, improved productivity, and lowered cabling costs. As the demand for reliable and predicable wireless support for time-sensitive applications (such as video streaming and real-time collaboration) has risen, many organizations have made the decision to deploy 802.11n to meet their higher performance requirements. Successful deployment and operation of a 802.11n wireless network depends heavily on the wired

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LAN that supports it. To take full advantage of the performance enhancements and scalability offered by 802.11n, the four easy-to-follow suggestions below can help to simplify deployment of a 802.11n wireless network on your wired LAN to maximize network efficiency. 

1. Prepare for growth.

Bandwidth provisioning: The main driver to deploying an 802.11n network is to take advantage of the increased bandwidth it provides for multimedia applications. The lower speeds of an 802.11a/g wireless network resulted in unreliable and undesirable consequences for bandwidth-intensive voice and video applications. Now, with the improved performance in 802.11n, and enhanced reliability, it is possible for your wireless LAN to function as predictably as a wired LAN.

To utilize the full potential of 802.11n, sufficient bandwidth must be provisioned in the wired LAN to support the increased traffic demands. A 1:1 ratio of 1Gbps port per 802.11n access point is a safe rule; less obvious is how to properly provision the uplink ports.

10GE uplinks provide the bandwidth necessary to backhaul traffic generated by multiple access points or other bandwidth-intensive devices supported by a single PoE switch. 10GE uplinks provide a reliable and predictable response to the 802.11n wireless LAN demands. 10GE provides the support necessary to decrease latency in time-sensitive applications.

If you are not ready to make the move to 10GE, you can use the existing 1Gpbs uplinks.

However, it is important to be aware of traffic demands on the switch to avoid excessive network disruption. As your network needs grow, a 10GE uplink is recommended.

Cisco solution: The Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series Switches with StackWise Plus are an enterprise-class line of stackable wiring closet switches that facilitates the deployment of secure converged applications while maximizing investment protection for evolving network and application requirements. Combining 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations with 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E enhances worker productivity by enabling applications such as IP telephony, wireless, and video.

The Cisco TwinGig Converter Module supports the multistep approach to deploying 802.11n by providing a flexible way to easily deploy 10GE without network disruption. The converter module allows for 1G to be used until traffic demands on the network demand a 10Gig uplink.

This converter module is supported in the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E PoE switches and allows for easy 10GE deployment as the 802.11n bandwidth demand increases.

2. Eliminate complexity and lower costs.

Power over Ethernet (PoE): The benefits of wireless networking are increased productivity and decreased complexity and cost. An integral part of this equation is the ability to provide power through PoE switches. By providing the delivery of power over the existing LAN Ethernet cabling to the connected devices, PoE removes the need for costly and complicated electrical upgrades and reduces labor costs associated with deployment.

For example, electrical outlets are not usually placed in hard-to-reach areas. Wireless access points, in contrast, are typically placed in ceilings to maximize wireless coverage. By simply using the existing LAN conduit, which is typically run inside walls and over ceilings, a wireless access point can be powered where electricity was previously not available. By eliminating the restriction of placing access points only where power outlets are available, a more flexible and reliable wireless network can be realized. The end results are maximum wireless network coverage and availability for the end users.

The benefits of PoE switches do not stop there. Deployment of a PoE switch provides the benefit of being able to control the APs in the plenum (the space between the structural ceiling and a drop-down ceiling) and power off (and on) wireless access points from the switch or WLAN controller.

Power management: After PoE switches are enabled on the LAN, power management of the switches and connected devices can be as simple as setting the automatic thermostat in your home. The Cisco Catalyst PoE switches support Cisco EnergyWise, an advanced green IT technology that allows businesses to measure their power usage and create policies to reduce power consumption when the network is not in use, such as turning off power to “sleeping” devices, such as voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones and printers, during hours when the business is closed.

The Cisco Catalyst PoE switches and Cisco Aironet products are designed to work in concert in providing power-optimized solutions. The Cisco Aironet 1140 Access Point supports Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) adaptive power management, which allows businesses to schedule when the access point radios are available.

Maintaining the predictability and reliability of an 802.11n network is having device features that perform as configured. Many 802.11n devices have power demands that exceed the 802.3af standard. A frequent, undesirable tradeoff is disabling features when the device is starting to approach the limits of the 802.3af PoE standard. The Cisco Aironet 1140 Access Point works within the 802.3af power specification without compromise to performance, feature set, or power usage.

By coupling the power management capabilities of the Cisco Catalyst PoE switches and the Aironet access points, you can set policies to schedule power usage according to your business needs. And, through careful planning, you can deploy a wired and wireless network solution that provides a simple way to significantly save on overall business operating expenses.

3. Automate devices.

Automate switch deployment: Cisco Catalyst switches support many ease of use features.

To simplify switch deployment and minimize chance for error, the Cisco 3750E offers DHCP AutoInstall. This allows the switch to automatically receive its IP address upon initialization and, once the IP address has been obtained, automatically download the appropriate configuration file.

By automating the deployment process, the AutoInstall feature allows multiple switches to be deployed easily and uniformly, without the risk of administrator input error.

Simplify moves, adds, and changes: The dynamic nature of a wireless network demands real-time responsiveness in the wired LAN. The network should be able to adjust to changes in the network with minimal interference. Cisco’s Auto Smartports significantly decrease deployment time and increase accuracy and consistency by automatically detecting devices connected to its ports. Cisco Catalyst switches use Auto Smartports macros to apply precreated, common switch port configuration scripts and, through automation, lower administrative costs and network response time.

Set network policies: To maximize the benefit of an 802.11n converged environment, it is important to balance resources and address the possibility of resource contention throughout the LAN. Automated network services, such as auto-QoS, allow for easy configuration of traffic prioritization in order to reliably deliver data to time-sensitive applications.

Grant secure user access: Security is another area where creating policies is vital to simplifying wireless deployment. Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) are an integrated solution that combines the management of authentication, access control, and user policies to secure network connectivity and resources. It also provides an account of user activities to provide visibility and safeguard the network. By providing centralized policy-based management for network security policies, the need to manually configure user rights on a perport basis is removed, and overall network administration is greatly simplified, thus decreasing cost and potential for downtime.

4. Protect your investment.

802.11n is a new technology that is experiencing high early adoption rates, and the implementation of its deployment needs to be done in a well-thought-out and prudent manner.

Intelligent networks are built with a strategic vision to keep them at maximum efficiency and top performance. To make sure your business has done the best to protect its upgrade to an 802.11n network, here are a few quick questions you should ask:

Is my wired network ready to support the demands of an 802.11n wireless network?

Can I easily upgrade the performance of my LAN switches without network disruption?

Using 802.3af-compliant PoE switches, can my 802.11n wireless access point perform at full performance and security without any feature constraints?

Can my switch vendor guarantee interoperability between my PoE switch and my 802.11n wireless access point?

Do my switches and wireless access points collaborate to help me manage my business operational costs and lower my environmental effects?

Why Cisco?

By creating high-performance network infrastructures and continuing to lead industry innovations, Cisco has created reliable and responsive environments that accelerate the deployment of applications and services over a single network.

Cisco wired and wireless solutions allow for businesses to use their network more efficiently and more effectively through reliability and consistency. Cisco’s end-to-end solutions reduce complexity and lower complexity, resulting in lower administrative costs.

Additionally, rigorous interoperability and performance testing is done between Cisco devices to guarantee maximum results. There is no interoperability guesswork. The Cisco Catalyst PoE switches and the Cisco Aironet 1140 provide the performance, power, and security needed to support the demands of an 802.11n wireless network.

Cisco understands that as early adopters of the 802.11n wireless network, businesses are making the decision to lead rather than follow. By driving standards forward, helping customers plan for the future, and enabling network excellence, Cisco is committed to its customers’ success.

Note: Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco website at www.cisco.com/go/offices

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Cisco Betters Its Catalyst 2000 Line

June 10 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Most popular Cisco Catalyst 2000 line extended with 2960-X, which doubles stack ports and bandwidth, cuts energy use

Cisco this week upgraded its best-selling Catalyst switch by doubling its stacked port density, stacking bandwidth, buffers and CPU performance.

The new Catalyst 2960-X stackable Gigabit Ethernet switch builds on the foundation of the 3-year-old Catalyst 2960-S/SF. It is available in 24- or 48-port configurations, with 10G uplinks and a stacking capacity of 40G-80G.

Cisco says the Catalyst 2000 line is its best-selling Ethernet switch based on number of units and ports shipped.

The 2960-X is designed to keep that momentum going. In a fully stacked configuration of eight switches, the 2960-X supports 384 Gigabit Ethernet ports and Cisco claims the switch uses up to 80% less power than competitive offerings.

If all comparable switch ports sold in 2012 -- 230 million Cisco says, citing data from IDC -- were Catalyst 2960-X switch ports, the energy savings could shut down Hoover Dam for more than three years, power all households in San Francisco for more than three years, make 76 round trips to Mars in a Toyota Prius or reduce CO2 emissions by 7.5 billion pounds, Cisco claims.

Per-port power consumption on the Catalyst 2960-X is 0.9 watts, vs. 2 watts on the 2960-S/SF. Energy efficiency is achieved through support of the IEEE's Energy Efficient Ethernet standard, as well as Cisco's own EnergyWise software. The switches can engage in two modes of "hibernation" during downtime: downlink mode, which powers down less active links; and switch mode, which powers down the switch itself.

Cisco says a 2960-X can be powered down as low as 6 watts from 50-85 watts in switch hibernation mode.

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The 2960-X can also be stacked with existing 2960-S/SF switches, Cisco says. Like the 2960-S/SF, it also supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+.

Other features of the 2960-X include Layer 3 routing based on RIP, OSPF and EIGRP protocols -- the 2960-S/SF are Layer 2-only -- and application visibility through NetFlow-Lite, a less CPU intensive "NetFlow-like" traffic monitoring capability.

The Catalyst 2960-X is also built for network programmability by being "onePK-ready."Cisco onePK is the company's API toolkit for software-defined network programmability.

Cisco said the 2960-X will be onePK programmable later this year. The switch is not equipped with the UADP programmable ASIC unveiled earlier this year, but another Cisco chip optimized for Layer 2/3 processing.

The 2960-X will be available in July. It costs $1,895 in a 24-port configuration and $3,395 in a 48-port model.

---Article News from http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/060413-cisco-catalyst-270415.html

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